The Skeletal System

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Skeletal System

The skeletal system is made up of 206 bones and includes all the bones and joints in the body. The skeleton provides support and protection for the soft tissues that make up the rest of the body. It also provides attachment points for muscles to allow movements at the joints.

Human Movement

The human body is unique in such a way and provides us motions to keep us going! In this case the bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons and the nerves keeps our shape.


Bones

The bones provide a hard framework for stability and provides movement.


Ligaments

Ligaments holds the bones together


Muscles

Muscles provide the force required for movement by moving one into another


Tendons

The tendons are attached to the ligaments and the tendons connect muscles to bones


Nerves

Nerves are specialized cells that transmit signals between different parts of the body.

Disorders

Disorders can occur in any part of the body. There are two main disorders that occur in the skeletal system and that is scoliosis and arthritis.


Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a disorder in the back/spine that curves the spine side-to-side often creating a "C" or "S" shape when viewed on an x-ray. Signs of scoliosis are one shoulder is higher than the other, one shoulder blade sticks out more than the other, one side rib cage appears higher than the other, etc. To treat scoliosis, braces or surgery are two common options, but surgery is more purposeful for those who have curves beyond 40 to 50 degrees.


Arthritis

Arthritis is a group of more than 100 inflammatory diseases that damage joints and their surrounding structures. It usually affects the joints of the neck, shoulders, hands, lower back, hips, or knees. Some symptoms that occur in arthritis is pain, stiffness, swelling, redness, and limited function of joints.